Reviewed by Jemma Nott
Upon immediately entering Field Day, you can feel the emotively calming sensation created by a bunch of chilled out, good-natured people looking to have some sensible fun. Never before in a festival has someone actually apologized to me for bumping into me or getting in my way. Somehow Field Day have managed to bring together a genuinely consoling festival and I’m sure this is exactly the effect they were going for.
Of course no festival is complete though without some serious (although good-natured) moshing and the inevitable lineup highlights. The obvious highlights were the acts that most people were there to see – Flume, Solange, The Wombats, Whiz Khalifa and Skrillex. However, the not so obvious highlights were from some of the up-and-coming (well not really, but they still had the early sets) contenders like Panama, Ta-ku and Hermitude. Although, at times, the constant switching back and forth between genres made me feel a little bit like I was suffering from acute bi-polar genre syndrome, the petering out of acts still felt nicely spaced out throughout the day.
Flight Facilities had us all dancing with a 90’s themed set – who would guess that would go down with a bunch of Gen Y’s? Shocker! (full disclosure: I danced my heart out). Ta-ku similarly had people banging their heads with his set of mostly original compositions. Hermitude were the surprising winners though managing to get the crowd dancing with their high-energy, evenly paced set of absolute bangers including ‘Speak of the Devil’ and the Flume remix of ‘Hyperparadise.’
Back into the indie-kids corner, and London Grammar swept up the crowd in their intense set of soulful tracks, whilst the Wombats had everybody moshing with their well-known set of both new and old songs.
The hip hop lovers and Rn’B lovers were similarly pleased with the high-energy sets from Solange, A$AP Rocky and Whiz Khalifa. Finally, the night ended on an absolute train of elation with Flume bringing the goods that we’ve all come to expect by now.
There’s really not much that I would change about this festival given the chance and that’s a phrase I haven’t used before. Field Day is essentially what happens when you cherry pick out the nasty bits from more mainstream festivals and you’re just left with a bunch of hungover punters who love music – pure gold.